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A Mother’s Day Tale

May 12, 2013

Once Upon a Time there was a girlface small Little Girl who needed a syringe smallshot at the doctor small doctor’s office. Oh boy was she scared small scared! Her Mom heart small Mother said, “I will watch you, and if you do not cry, I will buy you a Strawberry Float small Strawberry Float!!!” The girlface small Little Girl tried. She winced and gritted her teeth and … she cried.

Her Mom heart small Mother bought her a Strawberry Float small Strawberry Float anyway. And the girlface small Little Girl learned that sometimes trying your hardest is enough, even if you fail.

When first grade came around, the girlface small Little Girl wanted to have a Party hat small birthday party. Oooohhhhhh how she wanted a Party hat small birthday party! So she invited her whole class over after school for her baby brother’s Party hat small birthday party. Without telling anyone. They all came.

Her Mom heart small Mother ran to the store, bought more birthday cake smallcake, and then laughed after the Party hat small party ended and the panic subsided. And the girlface small Little Girl learned that there are things in this life you just have to throw up your hands and laugh about.

Before she knew it, it was time for the girlface small Little Girl to enter that Dread Chamber Of Horrors… Jr. High School. At the end of each day full of awkwardness, walking past groups of Bully smallMean People With Nothing To Do to get on the school bus small school bus home was a Remarkably scared small Scary Thing.

Often as the girlface small Little Girl walked that walk, she would find her Mom heart small Mother waiting at the end of it, to take her for Ice Cream Cone small ice cream, and to talk, and to listen. Mostly listen. And the girlface small Little Girl learned that listening is a Very Good Thing.

The girlface small Little Girl loved to Girl Playing small sing and play, and to write down the words and Music Notes small melodies that floated around in her brain. It was hard work, since she had no instrument.

So her Mom heart small Mother saved Coins cmall pennies and nickels and dimes, and bought an Old Piano small old piano with 55 keys that worked and gave it to the girlface small Little Girl.

And the girlface small Little Girl learned that things do not have to be expensive to be priceless.

The girlface small Little Girl Girl Playing small played and sang, and Girl Playing small played and sang, and scribbled on Staff Paper smallpaper and napkins and receipts and sometimes her hand.

Her Mom heart small Mother listened to every song, and honestly believed they were really good. And the girlface small Little Girl learned that “the praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.”

The Little Girl watched her Mom heart small Mother in good times and bad times, and saw her absolute dedication to the SLC Temple small covenants she had made. And the Little Girl learned to be unshakeable in her own commitment to the same SLC Temple small covenants.

When the girlface small Little Girl had a Family small family of her own, her Mom heart small Mother gave her the Rocker small Old Rocking Chair from home, and the Spinet small Sweet Little Spinet piano that had replaced the Old Piano small Old Broken Piano.

And the girlface small Little Girl thought of the empty spaces these gifts would leave, and finally learned what it really means to share.

The girlface small Little Girl still composes on that Spinet small Sweet Little Spinet; the Rocker small Old Rocking Chair moved on with her daughter so she can rock the grandbaby smallGrandbabies; the Lessons are her inheritance forever.

Every time she touches the Piano Keys small keys on that Spinet small Sweet Little Spinet, the girlface small Little Girl remembers the Lessons her Mom heart small Mother taught her, and learns anew that the best inheritances are the ones bestowed while we live.

Flowers small Happy M-day mom.

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